Researcher@Library Blog

Enterprising Heritage: Resilience, Re-invention and Revolution – Cases from the UK

Monday 24 April, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm
Baillieu Library, Dulcie Holyock Room, ground floor.

Lecture by Professor Mike Robinson, University of Birmingham.

There is no need to RSVP.

Mike Robinson is full Professor of Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham in the UK and Director of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage – a longstanding and unique partnership between the University and the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. He was previously Founder and Director of the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change. Mike is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, and founder and Editor of the Tourism and Cultural Change Book Series. He is also co-editor with Helaine Silverman, of the Routledge Book Series – Heritage, Tourism and Communities.

Mike’s research is anchored at the intersection of heritage, tourism and culture. He leads the University of Birmingham’s involvement at the World Heritage listed site where the Industrial Revolution began. A number of museums and tourist venues are located in the valley.

Health and Medical Data: Funders and Publishers (short Lunchtime Bites webinars in May 2017)

The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) is hosting a series of three short 30 minute lunchtime Health and Medical Data webinars in May 2017 which aim to support better management and publication of Health and Medical data.

Webinar #1 Health and Medical Data: Funders and Publishers

Tuesday 9 May 2017, 12:30pm-1pm (AEST) Register

  • Kate LeMay (ANDS) will introduce the series and provide links to practical resources specifically for those researching and publishing in Health and Medical fields e.g. sensitive data, ethics approvals and ensuring informed consent, publisher data policies.
    • ANDS Health and Medical data resources
    • ANDS De-identification
    • 10 Health and Medical Research Data Things: an opportunity to explore and learn about issues surrounding management of research data, specifically for people working with medical, clinical and health data.
  • Two representatives from the NHMRC will discuss the Funder perspective:
    • Wee-Ming Boon: NHMRC Statement on Data Sharing
    • Jeremy Kenner: Review of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
  • A Publisher perspective on data
    • Peter D’Onghia, Senior Journal Publishing Manager at Wiley, has a portfolio of journals in health and life sciences and will discuss the new Wiley data policies on Data Sharing
    • ANDS resources
      • Data and Journals
      • ANDS Guide: Research data for journal editors

The webinar will be recorded. If you can’t attend, register and ANDS will send you the recording and handout links.

Other webinars in the series:

#2 Health and Medical Data: Storing and Publishing Health and Medical Data
Tuesday 16 May 2017, 12:30pm-1pm AEST Register

#3 Health and Medical Data: Ethics, Legal issues and data sharing
Tuesday 23 May 2017, 12:30pm-1pm AEST Register

Who would benefit from attending?

  • Medical librarians
  • Researchers
    • Medical Research Institutes
    • Universities
    • Clinician researchers at hospital
  • Research students (honours, Masters, PhD)

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NVivo Pro Advanced shortcourse

The Graduate Student Association is running an NVivo Pro advanced short course.

Wednesday 19 April 2017, 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Venue: ERC Library (Parkville campus) – The course is taught using windows computers in a lab.

NVivo is a powerful program that provides a set of advanced coding tools for qualitative data analysis. This is the only comprehensive advanced NVivo training program provided face-to-face and on campus at the UoM. The advanced short course component in NVivo Pro is a comprehensive extension in classifying, modelling, reporting findings and exploring your data.

The shortcourse is best taken when you have your data and are ready to code it, but the course offers practical learning and a handbook is provided. There’s no need to bring your own data as a training set will be provided.

N.B.: You will need a valid unimelb staff or student log-in to attend this course. There are 13 places available per session.

Bookings essential.

Enquiries to GSA Programs

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Managing Data @Melbourne launched

Managing Data @Melbourne the University’s new research data management training program for graduate researchers has been launched.

Consisting of six short modules, the program outlines the fundamental practices of good data management and guides participants through the process of writing a data management plan for their research project. The program is tailored for University of Melbourne-specific needs and includes videos featuring Melbourne researchers and graduate students.

The program covers topics such as: organising and naming data; documenting data (metadata); data storage and security; data file formats; data management plans; policies and legal frameworks; privacy, confidentiality and research data integrity; data sharing and digital preservation.

While all graduate research students are enrolled in the Managing Data @Melbourne LMS community, program enrolment is open to university staff and students and external guests.

For more information visit the Managing Data @ Melbourne website.

Web of Science citations now available in Altmetric Explorer for Institutions

Altmetric has integrated Web of Science citation data into the Explorer for Institutions (EFI) platform. Altmetric Explorer for Institutions users will now be able to see the Web of Science citation count and up to three citing articles in a new tab in the Altmetric details pages accessed via Altmetric Explorer.

For individual articles, fast appearing altmetrics such as blogs, tweets and news mentions are now more easily compared with the more slower traditional citation counts.

Read more on the Altmetrics press release for more information.

Access Altmetric Explorer . Please note that access is restricted to users on-campus at the University of Melbourne.

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SciVal Training Sessions for Research Managers and Administrators

Steve Riddell from Elsevier will be in Melbourne on Tuesday 28th March 2017 to deliver the three SciVal training sessions listed below. University of Melbourne staff can register for any or all of these, depending on their level of familiarity with SciVal. Continue reading “SciVal Training Sessions for Research Managers and Administrators”

Reading Room’s new request management system now live

The Reading Room’s new request management system, Aeon, is now live. As of 6 March 2017 Aeon has replaced the online form-based system researchers used to place requests for accessing Special Collections, Grainger Museum and University of Melbourne Archive material. Researchers wishing to place a Reading Room request must now do so by visiting and creating a user account.

Researchers can use their University credentials to create accounts and view and manage their requests. Aeon allows researchers to see the progress of their requests, it also provides full bibliographic references and request history and supports tagging requests according to researcher-designated terms such as specific research topics.

For more information about the system, see the Reading Room’s information page here.

Library workshops for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences researchers

Want to find out more about research data management or data visualisation? Come along to one of our workshops aimed at researchers in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Research data management for HASS: Information sessions and workshops

Visualise your data for HASS: Information sessions and workshops

These are just two of our many library workshops for graduate students and researchers.

Image above: Social network visualisation by Martin Grandjean [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Publishing Your Research Archive Online

Historian Rebe Taylor collaborated with the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre to develop an award-winning annotated history and finding guide about the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922).

The guide was based on Taylor’s PhD research, and the accessibility of this research assisted Taylor when it came to turning her PhD thesis into her book Into the Heart of Tasmania. Taylor has said this about the experience:

Having my ‘chief archive’ online is humbling, but it has also been liberating. It has allowed me to write more imaginatively, knowing that readers can substantiate my text; that I didn’t ‘make it all up’!

The publication of the finding guide by the eScholarship Research Centre raises the profile of Taylor’s research and facilitates ongoing research into Westlake’s activities and engagement with Indigenous Australians in Tasmania.

Whilst it is now relatively easy for academics to create personal websites about their research, varying degrees of maintenance is required in order to ensure that the websites remain up-to-date and accessible.

In contrast, Taylor’s collaboration with the eScholarship Research Centre resulted in the creation of an award-winning finding guide that was developed on archival standards and will therefore remain accessible long-term with little maintenance.

Explore the award-winning finding guide and learn more about the project in Pursuit. 

Into the Heart of Tasmania by Rebe Taylor (MUP, $34.99). Available now from and wherever books are sold.

New Reading Room request management system coming soon.

Reading Room staff are implementing a new request management system to make the requesting process easier for our researchers.

The new system ‘Aeon’  will enable you to track the progress of your Archives, Grainger and Special Collections requests, view a detailed request history and order items directly from the Library catalogue easily. Aeon is designed to meet the unique needs of reading rooms providing access to precious collections and is in use at leading international institutions such as Harvard, Princeton and Yale.

Aeon will replace the current ordering system and we are aiming to ‘go live’ for first semester.

Reading Room staff will be on hand to keep you up-to-date with the changes and provide support in using Aeon once launched.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding Aeon, how it will be used and what benefits it can provide, please get in touch.

Email any enquiries here.

Read more about our Reading Room here.

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